Here you will find everything you need to know about the media type "eBook":
The term "eBook" is a short form of "electronic book". An eBook is an electronic file that contains the content of a book.
Advantages of eBooks
They do not require space on your bookshelf.
They can be bought or borrowed at any time of the day.
They do not need any paper or ink.
They can have many additional functions:
- Search the whole content by terms.
- Mark text passages.
- Create notes.
- Look up terms in integrated lexika and dictionaries.
Disadvantages of eBooks
They lack the feel, the smell and the rustling while turning a page.
For eBooks you need a reading device with a power supply.
Purchased eBooks can not be legally distributed to third parties.
The following eBook formats are used on the Onleihe:
- ePub: The ePub format is suitable for every reading device because it can adapt to every screen size. It works especially good for pure textbooks, such as novels and narrations.
- PDF: eBooks in the portable document format (short: PDF) have fixed line breaks and page breaks. Books with tables, graphics and pictures are mostly available as PDF. However, the fixed page layout makes PDF eBooks less suitable for mobile devices with smaller screens.
eBooks can be read on a vast variety of devices:
- Tablets and smartphones: The eBooks of the Onleihe can be read on tablets and smartphones. There are Onleihe apps for iOS and Android devices, which you can download for free.
- eReader: Currently, all available eReaders are compatible with the Onleihe. The only exception are the Kindle eReader device. Its production company Amazon only allows copyright protected eBooks of its own format - AZM - to be opened on the very device.
- PC and Notebook: The eBooks of the Onleihe can be used with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
How it works
More information on the compatibility of the media types are available in our overview: What works on which device.
The eBooks of the Onleihe have a copyright protection, the so-called "Digital Rights Management" (DRM). More information can be found here.
Comparison of reading devices
Below is an overview of the different devices and their abilities.
|Display of pictures|
|Display of videos|
|Readability of pure text|
|Suitable for fiction|
|Suitable for non-fiction|
Very good: The device is suited for this function.
Moderately good: The device is moderately suited for this function.
Poor: The device does not offer this function or is not suitable for it at all.
Which device is the right one for me?
The kind of reading device which might be right for you depends on what type of person you are:
You devour one book after another - especially novels - therefore you wish to have the best possible display for the text? You like to read your book without any distraction from other apps or functions?
If this is the case, you should get an eBook reader with an eInk screen.
The practical type
You do not want to carry different devices with you when one multi-functional device offers it all? You are a frequent or an occasional reader. Wherever you are there are always enough power outlets, so that a low battery life is no problem for you? If so, a tablet or smartphone is the right device for you.
You work with non-fiction books, maybe you are even writing a thesis, and would like to use excerpts from an eBook to paste it right into office software? If this is the case, a laptop or PC is best suited for you.